How to manage distributed teams successfully

In Hugo’s workshop, participants will create a best practice board in teams of 5-6 people. The teams go through each block of ‘The Bridge Canvas’. The goal is to share best practices, ideas and experiences. Per block, each team selects the ‘best best practice’. At the end of the workshop, each team will present the best best practices for each block.

 

At the start of the workshop, Hugo shares a few best practices (personal ones + from other distributed agile experts). Each person gets a handout with clear instructions. This includes some questions to stimulate thinking within the team + some best practice examples per block.

 

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

Total duration: 90 minutes

 

Introduction                                                      5 minutes

 

Hugo will introduce himself, the goal of the workshop and instructions + agenda.

 

Group brainstorming                              5 minutes

 

  1. Everybody will put his business card/name on a board on the wall indicating on the y-axis the size of the company and on the x-axis the level of experience with distributed teams.
  2. Everyone can individually put post-it notes on the bridge canvas (large size on the wall), indicating what challenges they have experienced with managing distributed teams. The notes are put in each block of the canvas, so they’re grouped.

 

Concepts and materials                                10 minutes

 

Hugo will share some best practices from his own experience and other’s related to each of the blocks of the bridge canvas. There’s a couple of slides and videos.

 

Teams develop best practice canvas         40 minutes

 

The group will be split into teams of 5-6 people. Each team discusses the best practices they have learned (or which they find online/from other people), for each block. They can use the handouts for stimulating questions and examples of best practices. For each block, the team selects the ‘best best practice’.

 

Presentations                                                 20 minutes

Each team presents the 1 best practice per block to all attendees.

 

Bridge Canvas action plan                            10 minutes


Learning Outcome

Key learning points:

  • Practical experiences from seasoned distributed team managers/coaches
  • Learn how to communicate smoothly across culture, distance and time
  • How to bridge cultural differences in distributed teams
  • How to apply agile methods to a distributed setting

Target Audience

entrepreneurs

schedule Submitted 2 years ago

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